The Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lazar Comanescu had, on July 24th 2008, a meeting with the leaders of the diplomatic missions in Bucharest of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) Member States - Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
During the meeting, both the very good level of the relations that Romania has with the GCC Member States and the frame of mutual understanding and friendship that defines this bilateral cooperation were emphasized on. On this occasion, it was expressed the mutual interest in a further increase of the economic dimension and the enhance of commercial exchanges between Romania and the countries in the Gulf region so that they might fully reflect the level reached by the bilateral political dialogue. To this purpose, the mission leaders attending the meeting expressed the availability of their countries to fully cooperate with the business environments in Romania, being invited to use the opportunities existing in the Gulf region.
The leader of the Romanian diplomacy reaffirmed Romania's constant concern to identify the ways and the mechanisms necessary to increase the potential of the traditional relations that our country has with the Arabian world and affirmed the political will to relaunch these relations in the context created by the fact that Romania is a EU Member. He also underlined the role of the Romanian communities in the Gulf region in consolidating bilateral relations, including the economic perspective and requested that the problems that these are confronted with (such as the admission of the study diploma issued in Romania, of the Romanian driving licenses, the alignment to the salary scale applied to the other EU Member Stats citizens or visa granting when entering those countries) to be solved as soon as possible.
On this occasion, the Romanian Foreign Minister stressed upon the fact that an overall perspective of the issues related to the co-operation between Romania and GCC will be occasioned by the visit the Secretary-General of the Gulf Co-operation Council intends to pay in Bucharest at the beginning of 2009.
The Co-operation Council of the Arabian States in the Gulf, a regional, economic and defense Arab organization, known especially with the name of "Gulf Co-operation Council" was established during the Abu Dhabi meeting of the presidents of the riverside countries - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain, on May 25th 1981